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Boya Li

Skills Lecturer

Dr. B. Li
+31 71 527 2332

Boya Li is a researcher in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.

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Short CV

Boya Li is a postdoctoral researcher in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University. Boya has a doctoral degree in linguistics and a research master degree in psychology, both obtained from Leiden University. During her PhD project, she became interested in child language development, which motivated her to do a second major in developmental psychology. Since 2015 she joins the research lab (www.focusonemotions.nl) led by Prof.dr.Carolien Rieffe to do research on emotional functioning in children who have limited access to the social environment, including children with autism and with hearing loss. 


Boya’s research focuses on emotion recognition and emotion regulation in children with autism and with hearing loss. These children all have language problems to certain extent, but their problems are beyond language impairments and extend to their social-emotional functioning. 

In 2016 Boya received a KNAW grant for collaborating with Peking University, a top-rank university in China, to study emotion processing in Dutch and Chinese children with and without autism, using the eye-tracking technology. 

Boya plays an active role in promoting collaboration between their research lab and research teams in China. Their Chinese collaborators include: 
   ♣ Peking University 
   ♣ China Rehabilitation Research Center for Hearing and Speech Impairment 
   ♣ Capital Normal University 
For more information, visit the website of the Emotional Development research lab.


Boya gives lectures and teaches workgroups on the topic of social emotional development. She also supervises Bachelor and Master students in research projects.

Supervised PhD candidates

Boya is the co-supervisor of the PhD candidate Yung-Ting Tsou in her research project on emotion understanding in Mandarin-speaking children with cochlear implants. 

PhD candidate / guest

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Ontwikkelings- & Onderwijspsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B51


Skills Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • ATC stafbureau

Work address

Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room number 3.03A



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